Churches in Düsseldorf

Churches in Düsseldorf are cult(ural) sites – places of worship on the one hand, evidence of art history on the other hand. They also cover a significant period of time. The oldest surviving church comes from the Romanesque period, whereas the interior design of the Bergerkirche is pure 21st century.

Sankt Lambertus – Leaning Tower and Apollinaris

The Düsseldorf icon was built in 1394, but the unusual shape of the roof of Sankt Lambertus only came about in 1815. After a fire, the spire had to be re-built; the wood got warped a short time later and created the famous twist in the roof. According to popular belief, it will straighten itself out again when a virgin gets married in the Lambertus church. The altar of the basilica holds a shrine with reliquaries of the St. Apollinaris, the city patron. Incidentally, it is his memorial day that is the original reason behind the

Lights, colours and organ concerts

When Elector Jan Wellem took office in 1679, the protestant church was considered as officially recognised. However, the reformed were only permitted to build their new constructions in yards. This explains why the Berger Kirche of 1687 is somewhat hidden in the Old Town. It has impressive plays of light and colour, such as its glowing altar.

Even Düsseldorf’s oldest protestant church, the Neanderkirche of 1684, had to be built away from the streets of the Old Town. Today, the early baroque construction attracts numerous visitors to its organ concerts in summer.

Sunday special in the Johanneskirche

The red brick church in round arch style was completed in 1881. Since 1995, the Johanneskirche has been the protestant meeting place. Culture and faith as well as welfare and social programmes are blended to form a compelling package. Under the heading “Church in the City”, the Johanneskirche has a varied programme on offer: from the 10-minute service, through the lunchtime organ concert, to the Sunday special.

Baroque and history in Sankt Andreas

Have you just had a stroll through the Old Town? Then you have the chance to visit the Sankt Andreas church in the heart of the Old Town. The former Court and Jesuit church even today represents the close contact between the church, the city and its citizens. Admire the uniform stucco decoration in the interior, the mausoleum of Elector Jan Wellem and the pulpit from the 17th century.

Sankt Margareta in Gerresheim – the devil at work

When the builder Gerricus ran out of money, so the legend goes, the devil himself offered help in building the church of Sankt Margareta. Gerricus hesitated and the two decided on a competitive jump from the tower. The devil lost, the construction was completed and consecrated in 1236. Today, the late Roman church is evidence of the life of the noble canonesses who used the church at one time. It houses important exhibits of sacral art. The crucifix from the 10th century, which is among the oldest surviving crosses in Europe, is definitely worth seeing.

A stroll through the romantic town centre of Gerresheim or a walk through the hilly landscape of the forest close by round off the visit.

The Kaiser’s romantic place - Sankt Suitbertus

Off to idyllic Kaiserswerth! The church of Sankt Suitbertus is located in the immediate vicinity of the  Kaiserpfalz palace and the banks of the Rhine, in one of the most beautiful places on the lower Rhine. The treasures of the church include the shrine of St. Suitbertus, a masterpiece of the goldsmith’s art from the 13th century. In the summer months, it is also possible to travel there by boat. The passenger ships of the Weißen Flotte (White Fleet) set sail for this historical part of the city from Düsseldorf’s Old Town.

Stargazer - Sankt Martin in Bilk

The  Sankt Martin church in the Düsseldorf-Bilk district looks unobtrusive and modest, situated as it is in a small park. But it is well worth a visit: the Roman basilica is the oldest building in the city. In the 19th century, it had become completely dilapidated, but the city preserved the tower from being demolished, because it served the district’s observatory as a trigonometric point. A telescope still serves as a reminder.

The end justifies the means – horse stable and youth church

The crusaders probably never imagined, when the church was built in the year 1445, that it would later be used as a stable, a storage room and an income tax office. But that is in the past. Today, the Kreuzherrenkirche is once again a place of worship. In the vault of the Gothic church, you can see paintings from the time it was built and a keystone with the oldest preserved coat-of-arms of the city.

Rhine walk included - Sankt Nikolaus

Built in the 11th century, the Sankt Nikolaus parish church in the Himmelgeist city district is a well-preserved monument structure from the Romanesque period. Saint Nikolaus, the guardian patron of mariners, is among those saints whose protection those living along the great river already invoke. The sandy banks of the Rhine are within a stone’s throw and, when there is good weather, are ideal for sunbathing.

There’s music in the “Max”

Festive church music has been a tradition for three and a half centuries here: the late baroque parish church Sankt Maximilian, also lovingly referred to as “Max”, was a monastery of the Franciscans until 1804. The choir stalls date back to the 17th century, the organ, the high altar and the pulpit to the 18th century. The former monastery building with its valuable stucco works and impressive cloister today houses the vicarage and, since 2006, the community centre of the Catholic Church in Düsseldorf.

Probably the most stable church in the world

Upon its consecration in 1949 under the peace motto “Swords to Ploughshares and Spears to Pruning Hooks” (Isaiah 2:4), the Heerdter Bunker, a former icon of the war, became a symbol for peace and community. The Bunkerkirche place of worship hosts the St. Sakrament congregation. In addition to its religious services, the Bunkerkirche is also used for events, such as exhibitions and concerts of the  Kunstort Bunkerkirche association in Handweiser, and is home to the Friedensort Bunkerkirche initiative, founded in 2007.